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Who’s who in the zoo: emus

Alexandra Park zoo emus
Alexandra Park Zoo's two resident emus are looking forward to the extension of their enclosure

Alexandra Park Zoo is home to two emus, Apple and Jimmy, who love grapes, attention and getting soaked with the hose.

Emus are very special animals as they are only found in Australia.

Instead of flying, emus have three toes and well developed calf muscles that help them reach running speeds of up to 50kph, with a stride of three metres.

While emus don’t fly, they have 20cm long ‘winglets’ hidden under their shaggy plumage which they hold out to stabilise them when they run.

Apple and Jimmy are popular animals at Alexandra Park Zoo.

Did you know you can tell male and female emus apart by the calls they make?

Next time you are at the zoo listen to the sounds, guess if Apple and Jimmy are male or female, and chat to one of the keepers to see if you are right.

About Alexandra Park Zoo

Alexandra Park Zoo was established in 1911 and is one of Queensland’s oldest continuously running zoological facilities.

It is fully accredited with the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) providing positive welfare conditions and operating to high standards.

Find out more here.

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